5 hassle-free party spots in Bangkok

  • Posted onMarch 18th, 2013

Iron Fairies 2Bangkok has a serious reputation to live up to for its wild anything-goes nightlife, crazy chaotic clubs, and a large line-up of touchy-feely beer bars and gogos. For some the raunchy late night action of Bangkok is what it’s all about and the only reason to be in town, however, not every red-blooded foreigner male in the city is on the lookout for a flirt and hook-up every time he steps into a bar, sometimes you just want to enjoy some booze, banter and bar vibe without needing to dodge the claws of a hungry hooker or hard-selling waitress.

Sometimes it can feel like Bangkok is one big meat market, with even the most fashionable clubs having a selection of sexy locals offering love by the hour, and not afraid to make the first move. However, there are still plenty of venues in town that are bar-girl free, ideal for catching up with old friends or escorting a date without the risk of unwanted attention.

Here are 5 of our favourite hassle and hustle free nights out in Bangkok:

The LondonerFor beer and banter.. The Londoner

There are no shortage of sports bars and traditional taverns in Bangkok, with the majority of them offering a draught or two on tap, but how many can say they have their own microbrewery in the cellars below? Few bars take their beer as seriously as the Londoner, with a loyal army of locals who are hooked on their London Pilsner 33 and Londoner’s Pride Cream Bitter. The homely local vibe is particularly jumping during the regular live music events.

WTFFor wine and cocktails.. WTF Bar Bangkok

A chilled spot, perhaps a little pretentious for some tastes, but not ours, WTF Bar is a cool and crazy mix of wacky cocktails, rich Spanish tapas snacks, and a selection of modern art from local artists. Whether you are in the mood for some mix drinks, looking to socialise with arty types, or simply in the need of inspiration and looking to do something different , WTF bar, is likely to leave you muttering WTF just happened (but in  a good way!).

GazeboFor some serious clubbing.. Gazebo

Forget the super-clubs of Sukhumvit soi 11, if you are looking for a hassle-free clubbing experience with a difference head over to the backpacking barrio of Khao San road, and more specifically to Gazebo. This large Moroccan style rooftop bar offers up a cool mix of 2 parts clubbing, 1 part chillout, with lots of Arabic rugs, lanterns, and shisha pipes helping to set the mood. The music is pretty diverse with a cocktail of live rock bands, classic 90’s britpop tunes, and house Djs seeing you through to the early hours.

Iron FairiesFor chic and trendy.. The Iron Fairies

A list of hassle-free Bangkok party spots wouldn’t be complete without at least one venue from the hip and trendy Thon Lor neighbourhood. It was a toss-up between Witches Tavern and Iron Fairies, but the Iron Fairies  gets the nod for it’s cool Dickensian style design and sexy socialite crowd.  It’s very much a dress to impress venue, with a kind of chic come romantic atmosphere and a cool soundtrack of ambient music. For the peckish, there’s also a serious menu of alternative bar bites.

Brown SugarFor jazz and blues.. Brown Sugar Bangkok

Unlike the many classy, hi-so jazz lounges and hotel bars spread around the capital, Brown Sugar is a moody sweaty den of sound and booze, and what many hardcore jazz lovers would consider the perfect venue in which to enjoy some quality live music. Despite being one of Bangkok’s longest serving live music venues, with a cult-like following of expats and Thais, visitors are always welcomed like locals, with a friendly (but not over-friendly ) team of pleasant staff.

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